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Human Genome News, November 1990; 2(4)

Genetics, Ethics, and Human Values

The Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) held its 24th Round Table Conference in Tokyo and in Inuyama City, Japan, on "Genetics, Ethics and Human Values: Human Genome Mapping, Genetic Screening, and Therapy." The July 22-27 conference was held under the auspices of the Science Council of Japan and cosponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

Fifth in the "Health Policy, Ethics, and Human Values: An International Dialogue" series, the meeting was cochaired by Eiji Inouye (Science Council of Japan, Tokyo) and by Alexander Morgan Capron (The Law Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles).

CIOMS conferences provide international and interdisciplinary forums for the scientific and lay communities to exchange views on topics of immediate concern. Previous dialogues in the series, begun in 1984, have examined organ transplantation, genetic screening and counseling, health care of the elderly, lifestyles, and family planning.

Participants, who numbered 102, came from 24 countries. In addition to biomedical science and medicine, they represented a wide range of disciplines-sociology, psychology, epidemiology, law, social policy, philosophy, and theology-and brought with them experience in hospital and public health medicine, academia, private industry, and the executive and legislative branches of government.

Attendees explored a number of issues through presentations and discussions in plenary sessions and working groups. At the final session, they adopted the declaration, the CIOMS Inuyama Statement, prepared by Capron, as submitted by CIOMS.

To obtain copies of the proceedings when they are published later this year, contact:

  • Zbigniew Bankowski
    Executive Secretary, CIOMS
    c/o World Health Organization
    CH-1211, Geneva 27


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